I will start this story by saying that I am a firm believer in the paranormal, but I've never actually SEEN a ghost. First I'll give a little history on myself. I've had a life of tragic loss. My identical twin sister died in a car accident when we were 6, then my dad died when I was 16. Needless to say I was scared to death to turn 26. When I was 25, I got pregnant with my daughter. When I realized she would be born a month after I turned 26, I was petrified that I'd lose her or me during child birth. I thank God that didn't happen. I've also lost all of my grandparents but one, and a lot of aunts and uncles. I know I have spirits around me, watching after my daughter and I.
That being said... My first real paranormal experience was when I was 19 and I moved into my first apartment. This apartment was extremely active. It started out fairly innocent with the toilet flushing on its own. My grandfather was a plumber so I knew air in the line could cause the toilet to "flush." I wrote it off as just that and figured someone in the apartment attached had probably just flushed.
One day a male friend came to visit and see my new place. He came out of the bathroom and told me it was very nice of me to leave the toilet seat up for him. I was very confused as I hadn't left it up. As a single woman living alone, there was absolutely no reason for it to be up.
After that, the activity became more and more intense. I was scared to even go to sleep, and would stay up until the sun came up. Every night when I got home from work, the AC had been turned down to 53 degrees. This was an old dial thermostat, not digital; so I knew the knob had been turned (my electric bill was $280 a month in a tiny one bedroom apartment because of this).
This ghost didn't care who was around, he'd make his presence known. I'd have a house full of people, and my cabinet doors would open and then slam shut. My silverware drawer would do the same. He would throw things across my living room. If a woman slept on my couch, he would stand in the doorway and watch them. I never saw this, but I had 2 friends give me the same story. They didn't even know each other.
When I moved out, my downstairs neighbors said they could hear someone running around my apartment and throwing things around until after midnight. I had been gone from the apartment and everything was moved out by 10:30 AM that morning. I only stayed in that apartment for a year, and moved out as soon as my lease was up.
I've tried to research to see if anything happened in that apartment that would explain it being haunted, but the only thing that ever comes up when I google it is that it's still available for rent. I'm guessing not many people stay in that apartment for long, which would explain why it always seems to be available for rent.
My current apartment is haunted according to my boyfriend and his brother. I have never personally had any experiences here, but they both swear there are shadow figures. My boyfriend's brother is particularly bothered by what he says is the ghost of my dad. He says "my dad" taunts him and laughs at him. He says he has pushed him in the bathroom. I am not sure I believe this as my dad was the most loving, easy going man I've ever met. Unless my dad is trying to scare him because he knows I secretly hate him. I do not know why I hate him, but there is something about him I just can't stand. He's super sweet and would do anything for me (besides get his own place and get off my couch). But despite that... I absolutely loath this man, and I have no idea why. I have never met anyone else in my life that I feel this way about, and I'm not an angry person. I don't know, maybe I seriously just have issues with him living on my couch.